On the Town:

Jewels glimmer at awards luncheon

May 19, 2010|By Ruth Sowby

Four courageous women were crowned as “Jewels,” smack dab in the middle of our Jewel City.

More than 250 supporters gathered to honor Liza Boubari, Debra Collins, Camille Levee and Melina Thorpe with Women of Courage Awards Thursday at the Embassy Suites. All four have a history of overcoming obstacles and succeeding in their chosen fields.

The sixth annual “Jewels of Glendale” Awards Luncheon presented by the Glendale Commission on the Status of Women was the setting in which these sparkling jewels shown. Commission Chairman Paula Devine introduced the women to the receptive audience. Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian extended congratulations to the “Jewels” and the commission. Program emcee was broadcaster Suzanne Whatley.


Also honored was Lyolya Hovhannisyan, 17, with the first Gem Scholarship Award. Hovhannisyan is a senior at Glendale High School. Her Gem $1,000 scholarship will come in handy when she attends UCLA next year as a biology major.

Also for the first time, the commission gave a Special Chair’s Recognition to 99-year-old Genevieve Sultenfuss, soon to celebrate her 100th birthday. Among other honors, Sultenfuss was the first women’s president of the Glendale Board of Realtors in 1968. Daughter Julie Shermer was by her side as Sultenfuss was presented with an early birthday cake by commission Vice Chairwoman Linda Goodman Pillsbury.

More commissioners present were Grace Walker, Karine Garsevanyan and Vatche Tasjian. The commission’s mission is to advance social justice and equity of rights and opportunities for all women and girls in Glendale.


“Art Noir Sweet 16” showcased the pop art work of 17-year-old Kinley Winnaman during a benefit auction Saturday at the Willardson Gallery in Glendale. Beneficiary of the expected evening proceeds of $15,000 is the Dream Foundation that grants wishes to terminally ill adults.

Marilyn Shatz, the mother of deceased Allison Cole, described Cole’s wish to see Johnny Depp in “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Representatives from Disney studios delivered and operated a projection system and screen to show the movie in Cole’s home — all courtesy of the Dream Foundation, represented at the auction by foundation founder Thomas Rollerson.

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